one-two punch


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one-two punch

1. In boxing, two quick hits to one's opponent in rapid succession. The boxer's one-two punch was feared by his opponents in the ring.
2. Two negative events that happen at the same time or in rapid succession. My electricity being shut off the same day I lost my job was a terrible one-two punch.
See also: punch

the old one-two (punch)

1. Two quick punches delivered to one's opponent in rapid succession, one coming from each hand. The boxer's put his opponent in a daze with a flurry of punches, then brought him down to the mat with the old one-two. The guy refused to leave us alone, so I gave him the old one-two and shut him up for good.
2. Two actions, events, strategies, people, etc., that work in combination to deliver a very effective or powerful result. The two lawyers have become the one-two punch of the firm, bringing a perfect combination of abilities to tackle any case. The storm is predicted to bring the old-one two—devastating winds and a deluge of rainfall.
See also: old
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The team reasons that combining these natural toxins with man-made mirror drugs will create the drug equivalent of a one-two punch. The combination should "confuse" bacteria and cancer and prevent them from rapidly becoming resistant to the man-made drugs.
Shan Bilimoria of the Texas Tech University said the bees might be taking a one-two punch from both an insect virus and a fungus, which may be causing bees to die off by the billions.
With the Midwest trying to recover from devastating rains and the Gulf Coast still struggling to recover from the lethal one-two punch delivered by hurricanes Katrina and Rita two years ago, the threat of flooding to life and property has been much in the news.
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But perhaps no one epitomizes the 'one-two punch' tag better than former Los Angeles Lakers teammates Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant, who dominated the league in the early 2000s en route to three consecutive NBA titles.
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Well, it's happened now-in a strong one-two punch that has gotten people's avid attention.
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One explanation, says Kundu, is that the coronal magnetic fields deliver their energy in a one-two punch. First, they accelerate electrons (and other charged particies) to energies ranging f rom 50,000 to 100,000 electron-volts.